Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:12 pm on 16th March 1988.

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Photo of Mr John Smith Mr John Smith , Monklands East 4:12 pm, 16th March 1988

I know that this does not go down well with Conservative Members. They do not like to be told the truth about the crisis in the National Health Service. I know that they like the truth about the last Labour Government even less. In that Budget, my right hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, East allocated 400 extra kidney machines to the Health Service.

The fight to save the National Health Service will go on. It must go on. The fight to obtain for it the resources that it needs will be maintained until it eventually succeeds. We know that there is another danger facing the National Health Service, apart from the financial crisis. Many Conservative Members see the financial crisis in the NHS